Confessions of A Gym Junkie

by HEAB on December 30, 2008

Ugh, I don’t know if my arms are sore from all those Chaturangas yesterday or from chopping last night’s butternut squash.  Ouch.  I must admit, I love muscle soreness after a good workout.  Just knowing that I challenged my body in different ways makes me happy 🙂

Butternut Butt Breakfast – hehe.

Butternut Squash Bowl filled with cottage cheese, cinnamon Puffins, and Barney Butter

Butternut squash bowl filled with cottage cheese, cinnamon Puffins, and Barney Butter

Today’s yoga adventure…Power Yoga.  This is the kind of yoga I’ve taken before – lots of Vinyasas with an emphasis on building strength.  Some of the stretches felt so good, and I felt like I was in excellent yoga shape until we got to Half Moon and Warrior 3.  I found myself trying not to glare at the instructor as she told us to concentrate on our breath.  How can I focus on deep breathing when I keep falling over?  Other than my few tumbles, I enjoyed the class and definitely got a good workout.  My only complaints: poor choice of music for Savasana and the lack of smooth transitions in between poses.

So far this week, I’m doing okay with the whole yoga thing, but I’m struggling with my goal of rest…OK, so the yoga class lasts an hour…If I get to the gym early, I can warm up on the treadmill for a few minutes before class. Well, my warm-up turned into 25 minutes of intense hills and sprints.   That was yesterday.  Today, it was 12 minutes on the StepMill before 60 minutes of Power Yoga followed by a 40 minute power walk home.  The yoga classes were perfectly good workouts on their own.  Why I have to work up a sweat before class even starts, I have no idea.  Although I must say after 25 minutes of sprints on the treadmill, I ripped off my socks before stepping onto my yoga mat and noticed beads of sweat on the tops of my feet.  Wow, I must have been working hard!  Felt like a total bad ass until I noticed the state of my toes.  Definitely time for a pedicure!  Anyway, if left to my own devices, I would spend hours at the gym, and I know this is not what my body needs.  Anyone else guilty of this?

Now onto an amazing lunch!  Alice, my mother-in-law, suggested we try The Mandala Tearoom, a vegan and raw foods restaurant.  She knows me so well as I loved this place!  The men in our lives graciously joined us, and everyone was quite pleased.

Rosemary foccacia toasted with artichoke garlic, hummus + sauteed greens, & roasted tomato fennel

Starter: toasted rosemary focaccia with artichoke garlic, hummus + sauteed greens, & roasted tomato fennel

Alice got the Classic Spinach Salad

Spinach with maple pecans, cranberries, red onion, green apples, and grilled tempeh bacon (YUM) with miso-citrus dressing

Spinach with maple pecans, cranberries, red onion, chopped apples, and grilled tempeh bacon (YUM) with miso-citrus dressing

John, Chris and I all ordered the Live Chile Lime Nut Burrito from the Raw Foods Selections

Collard green leaves stuffed with walnut filling, guacamole, salsa fresca, olives, & sprouts

Collard green leaves stuffed with walnut filling, guacamole, salsa fresca, olives, & sprouts

If you are ever in the Phoenix area, I highly recommend this restaurant.  The food arrived looking like a work of art, and everyone cleaned their plates.  What a fresh and amazing meal!

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Happy New Year’s Eve!


Dori January 6, 2009 at 1:38 pm

I share your obsession with carob chips! When I buy a bag, I eat the entire bag! I wish someone would come up with 100 cal packs of those!

Sammie January 1, 2009 at 5:59 am

Um, that butternut squash looks sooooo good. I am stealing that for sure. I have an acorn squash in the fridge that would look so pretty adorned that way.

eatingbender December 31, 2008 at 6:34 pm

MY COMMENT WORKED!!!!!!!! Haha sorry, I was just shocked!

eatingbender December 31, 2008 at 6:33 pm

I love your Butternut Butt Breakfast 😉 That’s very creative and I’m a sucker alliteration!

I also am a sucker for muscle soreness after a good workout. And I’m guilty of spending too much time at the gym. I don’t think it’s something I need to be concerned about right now because it’s not interfering with other activities, but it’s definitely something to think about!

I haven’t heard of the Mandala Tearoom! I’ll have to check it out 🙂

Happy Herbivore December 31, 2008 at 5:10 pm

I’ve been high raw for a little over a week now and looove it! Raw food can sometimes be high in fat (bummer) but I love wraps at raw restaurants or making stuff at home… and I live for exercise. totally addicted to the endorphines.

HangryPants December 31, 2008 at 4:55 pm

The vegan restaurant looks amazing!

I love yoga too and am glad you’re enjoying it. All those Chaturungas will make you sore every time!

Have a wonderful New Year!

chocolatecoveredvegan December 31, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Heya Heather! I am so glad you posted your breakfast– I’d never thought about putting breakfast food in an acorn squash. What a terrific idea :o).

I can get a bit obsessive with wanting to push myself too. When I’m on the treadmill, it’s like, “I could just go a little bit more…” but then that “little bit” turns into more and more. So I really try to ignore th numbers (time elapsed, miles gone, etc.) and just focus on how exercising makes me feel. When I first heard of that Garmin sports watch that tracks your mileage and all, I really wanted one. But then I stopped and thought about it and realized that would not be a good idea because, for me, numbers take the fun outta exercise.

Raspberry Runner December 31, 2008 at 2:21 pm

I’m loving the butternut squash bowl idea!!

polly December 31, 2008 at 12:34 pm

hi Heather! Yes, prevoius GYM JUNKIE here. Used to run a couple miles before I taught my step/weights/bootcamp classes. Crazy girl. NOW… yay for yoga! Just yoga, no more gym, just yoga. SO HAPPY.

You can do all the things you love, sweetie. My advice to you is just to pick what you will do that day… and not combine them. That way each is it’s own reward and blessing for that day. 😉

Oh! My favorite studio in Nashville! You will love it!

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 31, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Hey Polly. Oh yes, I remember your comment on another post. So glad you are happy with your yoga practice! Your advice is perfect – just what I needed to hear today. Thank you for that. I have been to Yoga Sanctuary once before with a friend, but the class was a bit advanced for me. I should give it another try. Happy New Year!

Missy (Missy Maintains) December 31, 2008 at 9:31 am

Your food looks delicious from that restaurant!! So does your puffin mix!!

tami December 31, 2008 at 8:36 am

gym junkie here as well. we need to reserve spin bikes so i have to get there sometimes 45 minutes early to get a bike so what do i do between? run, step mill something to get me busy and not chatting away with everyone there.

VeggieGirl December 31, 2008 at 7:16 am

That breakfast = freaking GENIUS.

I’m a gym junkie and a yoga-enthusiast, haha.

Happy New Year’s Eve!!

Erica December 31, 2008 at 5:21 am

Oh my gosh- I am a total gym junkie too! Its hard to rememeber our little bodies need rest! Those stuffed leaves look so good! Enjoy your new years tonight (or this afternoon) 😉

Larissa December 31, 2008 at 1:09 am

All the food from the restaurant seemss delish!, Ive always wanted but never tried power yoga

Stephenie December 30, 2008 at 11:48 pm

I wish I was a gym junkie… I have to push myself to go, but I hope with time I will become that way. At least consistent and enjoy it =) Love your blog!

Gina December 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm

I am also a gym junkie…admittedly, since I am not working right now, I do spend a lot of time there. I too am guilty of showing up for a quick warmup before a yoga class and getting myself all sweaty 🙂 I’m not sure how I am going to work everything out once I start student teaching, because I spend many hours of my week there.

I have to say, I adore my yoga class…one of the instructors is just fantastic, and I know you would love him. Whenever he’s got you in a really hard pose, he makes a joke about how awesome yoga is…or tells us to hold the pose for the next 15 minutes. I think its great to keep a sense of humor about things. I also love that the class is 90 minutes, it really gives you a chance to do a lot of different stuff, its so great. If you’re ever in New York, for some reason, I’ll bring you with me, haha.

That burrito looks awesome! Actually, all the food looks awesome. Sounds like a great restaurant 🙂

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 31, 2008 at 11:32 am

Gina, if I’m ever in New York, we are definitely going to yoga and all the bazillion amazing restaurants up there! Happy New Year.

Julz December 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm

I had SERIOUS ISSUES WITH THIS n before starting outpatient, i was so bad i fractured my right foot in 3 places last summer n was casted for 4.5 months. So sad to read that. Now i can only do yoga or swim. IT’S NOT WORTH IT Heather. It’s BEYOND not worth it. It’s so upsetting to me typing this— Ugh, Id take it all back in a heartbeat. But you kno what? It also led me to my yoga and for that i couldnt be more thankful + grateful.

Heather Eats Almond Butter December 31, 2008 at 11:31 am

Julz, thanks for your comment. Definitely thought provoking. So sorry about your foot 🙁

FollowMyWeigh December 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm

wow i’ve never tried a vegan/raw foods restaurant. definitely something i want to try though, the food looks fantastic!

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